The U.S. Navy has ended its week-old mission to accompany American- and British-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, a Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday.
U.S. Army Col. Steve Warren said the mission’s authorization “expired” at midnight in the Persian Gulf, or about 5 p.m. Tuesday in Washington.
The mission began last week after Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps naval vessels reportedly fired warning shots near a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship and detained the ship and its crew.
Iran claims it intervened with the Maersk Tigris because the Maersk shipping line owes it money awarded in a lawsuit.
The Maersk Tigris remains anchored near the Iranian shore, Warren said.